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The Events of Last Night

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09 August 2011
Responding to the violent scenes in Lewisham yesterday, Labour MP for Lewisham East Heidi Alexander said:

“I am utterly appalled and shocked by the mindless violence that took place in Lewisham yesterday. This is opportunistic criminality on a scale that is hard to comprehend.

“Whilst there is no doubt that times are tough for certain sections of our community – youth unemployment is high and staying on in education and training is becoming harder – there can be no excuse for this sort of behaviour.

“The events of the weekend appear to have been triggered by anger with the Police but ultimately these are just gangs of youths looking for a ruck.

“Those responsible for the rioting and looting in Lewisham must be brought to justice and I will remain in close contact with the Borough Commander to ensure this happens.”

Ms Alexander’s constituency office on Lee High Road was also attacked. A window was smashed and a laptop was stolen. No-one was in the office at the time.

Heidi is returning from her honeymoon to take part in the forthcoming debate in Parliament.

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